Triple Tag…

Tagged by Anjali long time back, but got delayed due to various reasons. But better late than never…

Three things that scare me

1. Future
2. Sympathy
3. Disorder, Tardiness and Untidiness

Three people who make me laugh

1. Ray Romano & Kelsey Grammer
2. Mehmood & Jagathy Sreekumar
3. Jon Stewart & Jerry Seinfeld

Three things I love

1. Books
2. Pens & pencils
3. Music & movies

Three things I hate

1. Hypocrisy
2. Greed
3. Treachery

Three things I don’t understand

1. People who don’t stand up for themselves
2. People who can forget and forgive everything and everyone
3. People who can’t keep their promises

Three things on my desk
(This is a tough one as my desk is almost 20 ft. long)
1. TV, DVD Player & music system
2. PC and its accessories, two laser printers (one black and one color) & a scanner
3. 1 penholder, 4 pencil holders, a pencil sharpener, 4 desk clocks, telephone, a glass of water, some books and magazines, statue of Virgin Mary, an etching of Jesus on glass, 5 remote controls, and so on

Three things I am doing right now

1. Watching the news
2. Talking over phone
3. Doing this tag

Three things I want to do before I die

1. Write and read more books…
2. Visit my home
3. Ride a bike (preferably a Royal Enfield Thunderbird or a Harley Davidson) for one last time

Three things I can do

1. Write and read more books…
2. Visit my home
3. Be nice to others

Three things you should listen to

1. Good music—soft and soothing
2. The rain (just the rain, no thunder and lightening)
3. Advice from my brother, dad, and mom (and sometimes my nephew)

Three things you should never listen to

1. Loud music
2. Depressing conversations
3. Gossip & rumors

Three things I’d like to learn

1. Piano (started, but the progress is very slow)
2. Spanish, Latin or Russian
3. Meditation & Yoga

Three favorite books

1. Catch 22
2. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
3. All the adventures of Asterix & Obelix

Three favorite foods

1. Kerala food
2. Italian and Mexican
3. Chinese and Thai

Three beverages I drink regularly

1. Water (a lot)
2. Black Coffee (1 cup)
3. Tea (1 cup)

Three TV shows/books I watched/read when I was kid
(There was no TV, when I was a kid, so it has to be the books I read.)

1. Mandrake & Phantom comics
2. A lot of Malayalam classics, epics, novels, poems, etc.
3. Balarama & Poompatta

And I tag Kusum, Sreejith and Suji.


  1. flyawaymind said,

    March 1, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    catch 22 is one book i have been trying to read.. cant get past the first 20 pages though..advice from ur nephew..hehee..
    surprised to see ‘visit my home’ wish after your great post on ‘memories of golden years’

  2. Alexis Leon said,

    March 1, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    flyawaymind: That is the reason. Read another 60-80 pages. Then you will be hooked.

    I have not visited my home after my accident. So it has been more than 13 years since I have gone there. Even though, it is only 50Kms away, it is very difficult for me travel in a car. But one of these days I plan to visit my home, but first I have to sort out the logistics part.

  3. Anju said,

    March 1, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    I like Jagathy too, see Brijesh’s latest post that is a tribute to him! Brijesh is linked in my blog roll. Even I can’t understand people who keep life long grudges. Dunno why they left the person who wronged them affect them even now. You are only empowering your oppressor this way. And do try and get your hand on the song “Rhythm of the Falling Rain”.

    ..and yes, always listen to kids 🙂

  4. chekku said,

    March 1, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    JOn stewart and Jagathy..we have a common sense of humour!! 😛

    20 feet long table is quite stunning!!nice to see u back..was wondering where have u been off late..

    and btw black coffee is my fav too!!

  5. lalitha said,

    March 1, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    I love Ray Ramano and Kelsey grammer and Jon Stewart. I am with you on can never read enough of them.How are you doing Alex?

  6. Alexis Leon said,

    March 2, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Anju: Read Brijesh’s post on Jagathy. Very well written. I was not talking about people who keep life long grudges, but I was talking about people who can forget and forgive everything and everybody. I can’t do that. And I would never advise doing that.

    Some mistakes–deeds done and words spoken–in the heat of the moment or as a reflex reaction could be and should be forgotten and forgiven.

    But when one person is hurting another (body or mind) intentionally, then forgiving and forgetting will encourage that person to do more. Also people who commit heinous and unthinkable crimes should not be forgiven.

    I never forget the people who have hurt me; but whether I will do anything against them depends on the person and what he has done. To quote Geo “I usually don’t forget and I don’t want to forget also…scores should be settled…debts should be paid back…” That is a policy that I completely agree with. It does not empower the oppressor, in fact, the oppressor would be in serious trouble the next time he/she tries a similar stunt 🙂

    Chekku: One side of my study is a full length table. Was busy some work, which was not planned, hence the absence.

    Lalitha: Books, you’re right..can never read enough of them. I am fine. Minor problems. But nothing serious. Hope your back is better now.

  7. Jo said,

    March 2, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Nice tag Alexis.

    Sympathy is one thing that I hate. It has no use. In some cases it can be the beginning of some action, though. (like in the case of charity)

  8. venus said,

    March 3, 2007 at 12:05 am

    I love ray romao too! Everybody Loves Raymond is one of my fav shows, and I can enjoy 3rd th4 time repeat show with the same laughter :))

    writing blog, talink on phone, and watching tv, that’s one of the essential qualities today’s world requires- multitasking! Such multitasking for me would be when I’d be working from home, with tv with mute on, on a conf call and taking a few notes 😉

    and harley!! 🙂

  9. Anju said,

    March 3, 2007 at 10:17 am

    oops misread that one. And after my last post at TP I must say you make a lot of sense. I always think of forgiveness in the context of small wrongs as that is the only ones I have experienced. But to forgive big wrongs like physical abuse and tolerate it is definitely perplexing.

  10. Suji said,

    March 3, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Sometimes forgiveness is the greatest punishment you can give a person. But even if you don’t forgive and forget those who hurt you, never let it make you bitter and make sure that you don’t hurt youself more by hanging on to it.

  11. Pooja said,

    March 3, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    “People who can forget and forgive everything and everyone” => Too god-ly or too un-humanly?

    And multitasking while responding to such a tag? Could potentially change some responses…no?

  12. Pooja said,

    March 3, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    GEB – one of ur favorites, wow!!!

  13. Sreejith Kumar said,

    March 4, 2007 at 12:39 am

    1. Water (a lot)
    2. Black Coffee (1 cup)
    3. Tea (1 cup)

    Now, that is called a perfect answer….

    Sincerely hope you will be able to ride your fav bike again..

    No loud music??? I like both, soft and loud….

  14. Alexis Leon said,

    March 4, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Jo: Thanks Jo. What you said is very true.

    venus: So, you too love Raymond and Harley 🙂 And multitasking is the way to go…

    Anju: Yes, small wrong should be forgotten and forgiven. But serious offenses needs action (or reaction)…

    Suji: Yes, sometimes. But forgetting people who have hurt me is equally unacceptable to as forgetting someone who have helped me. Both should be remembered. Otherwise how will you repay your debts and settle the scores. I think setting the scores (how it is settled is a personal choice) is the best way not to become bitter.

    Pooja: Good question. The basic premise of multitasking is performing more than one task without affecting performance. So change is responses–No 🙂

    And GEB is one of my favorites. If you have not read it read it. Brilliant

    Sreejith: Thanks buddy. Regarding bike, I hope so. I hate loud music. Bad for your ears. Also when there are plenty of soft and smooth music available, why harm the ears 🙂

  15. Mind Curry said,

    March 5, 2007 at 8:59 am

    this is my third visit here..last two times the comment didnt go! anyway i just wanted to tell your last two posts have been awesome! 🙂 which is nothing new i guess..

  16. Mind Curry said,

    March 5, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Black Coffee 1 cup??? is this something like “train the trainer”?

  17. Alexis Leon said,

    March 5, 2007 at 10:45 am

    MC: I usually disable the commenting feature whenever I post a new one. This is to prevent the spammers. That is why you were unable to comment on the last two posts. Black coffee 🙂 I drink only one cup a day, that’s all 🙂

  18. Kusum Rohra said,

    March 6, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    I love seinfeld. Seinfeld is practically my most favourite comedy show now 🙂

  19. Nariyal Chutney said,

    March 7, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Alex , A very nicely written tag. Always I have admired the simplicity in your tag posts .Sympathy and Sympathy and Disorder, Tardiness and Untidiness scares all . But dont you think more than the future it is the fear of unknown that scares most people . Somehow Balarama and Poompatta are still the favorites of many people like us from Kerala . No wonder , Mayavi became a movie name :).

  20. Alexis Leon said,

    March 7, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Kusum: He surely is funny…

    NC: Thanks buddy. Future–it is the not the fear of the unknown but the fear of the known that scares me 🙂

  21. kajan said,

    March 8, 2007 at 8:42 am

    Hi Alexis,

    Two things stood out in your list for me. I am also very scared of the future, what it holds for me. The fear of the unknown and the possible known. It’s one of those things that keep me awake at 3 in the morning…

    And of course, I am at awe of your self-discipline. Limiting food intake is one of the hardest things for some of us who have overindulged all our lives. Hmm…a lesson to learn.

    It’s always a pleasure to read your blogs, even if I don’t leave comments always.

  22. Sreejith Kumar said,

    March 10, 2007 at 1:17 am

    So glad that you tagged me… Going to take this up today itself! 😀

  23. Dhanush said,

    March 14, 2007 at 2:36 am

    Ray Romano is the time pass in this Michigan Winter.

    Wow!! Listening to the rain, isnt it so beautifull. ഒരോ മഴതുള്ളിയും കാതോര്‍ത്തു ഓരോ പേരിട്ടു വിളിക്കാമായിരുന്നു 🙂

    Always wanted to read Catch 22, but it never happened. And you know whom to ask for that Thunderbird 🙂

    Nice one Alexis

  24. bindu said,

    April 25, 2007 at 8:14 am

    real good one. has set me thinking too.
    like flyaway mind, even i stopped catch 22 after the first few pages. have a few other books with the same fate. but i console myself thinking of Dr. Zhivago. tried reading it in school and hated it. read it a few years back and couldn’t put it down 🙂
    mandrake, phantom, balarama, poompatta – those good old days. am so glad my 5 year old just loves kalikkudukka. hopefully he’ll graduate to these favorites too. but where have all those CID Moosa stuff gone? “tamaar’, “padaar”, “thaa varunnu oru vediyunda, onnu maarikkalayaam alle” :-))

  25. Alexis Leon said,

    April 25, 2007 at 10:14 am

    kajan : Future – I am scared not of the unknown, but the known. How I will manage when my hands lose their strength and things like that. I try not to think about and try to live each day, but sometimes it is difficult.

    I think I exhausted my quota of good food and beverages before my accident. So I don’t havey any complaints 🙂

    Sreejith: Thanks buddy. Looking forward to reading it.

    Dhanush: I love Ray Romano. Listening to the rain is really a very calming experience. Once I told this to my editor who lives in UK and she said “You should move to London; here it always rains and I hate rains.” But she doest not know the beauty of our Kerala rains 🙂 Read Catch 22; you won’t be disappointed. Yes, I know two people who will give me their thunderbird 🙂

    bindu: Thanks Bindu. Regarding Catch 22, somehow read the first 60-100 pages and you will be hooked. It is too good a book to miss out. Balarama and poompatta were my favorites. Now I read Kalikudukka and Magic Pot to my nephew (6) and niece (4). CID Moosa was the detective comic book. I think the author’s name was Kannadi Vishwanathan (funny name). We used to pool money to buy those comics and used to read it in the class (keeping it inside the textbook) and usually get confiscated. But those funny sounds and even funnier plots were really enjoyable. I don’t know whether they publish the CID Musa comics… The last one was typical CID Moosa stuff.